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2004-05 API Glossary-Demographic Characteristics

Demographic characteristics section of the glossary for the 2004-05 Academic Performance Index (API) Growth Report.

This glossary section defines key terms shown on the School or LEA Demographic Characteristics, which is a sub-report of the full 2004–05 API Growth Report. Terms described below are listed in the order in which they appear in the headings on the sub-report.

The API is reported for schools and local educational agencies (LEAs). An LEA is a school district or county office of education.

Along with general subgroup and schoolwide demographic data, the 2004–05 API Growth Report for a school includes the demographic characteristics on which the school characteristics index for the 2004 API Base similar schools rankings is based. The data for the percentages and rates were collected from these sources:

Many of the school demographic characteristics that appear on this report will be used to form the similar schools comparison groups for the similar schools ranking on the 2005 API Base Report.

API reports for LEAs or schools in the Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) do not contain all demographic data because they are not included in the calculation of similar schools ranks.

Ethnic/Racial

This item is the percentage of students in the school in each ethnic category taken from the 2005 STAR Program student answer document:

Percentages for ethnic/racial may not sum to 100 due to responses of "Other," "Multiple," "Decline to State," or non-response.

Participants in Free or Reduced-Price Lunch

This item is the percentage of students in the school who participated in the free or reduced-price lunch program, also known as the National School Lunch Program, taken from the 2005 STAR Program student answer document. Parent education level and free or reduced-price lunch are used to represent student socioeconomic status in determining subgroups and similar schools rankings.

English Learners

This item is the percentage of students in the school who are designated as English learners (ELs), formerly known as limited-English-proficient (LEP) students, taken from the 2005 STAR Program student answer document.

An EL is a student for whom there is a report of a primary language other than English on the state-approved Home Language Survey and who, upon initial assessment by the appropriate state assessment (currently the California English Language Development Test or CELDT) and from additional information when appropriate, has been determined to lack the clearly defined English language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and/or writing necessary to succeed in the school's regular instructional programs.

Multi-track, Year-round School

This item indicates whether or not the school is multi-track, year-round taken from the 2004 CBEDS School Information Form.

Mobility

School, Prior Year
This item is the percentage of students in the school who first attended the school in the current year, taken from the 2005 STAR Program student answer document. Students in the lowest grade are excluded. This item is used in the similar schools calculation.

School, CBEDS date
This item is the percentage of students in the school who were counted as part of the school enrollment on the October 2004 CBEDS data collection and who have been continuously enrolled since that date, taken from the 2005 STAR Program student answer document. This item is used in for inclusion/exclusion mobility rules. Students counted in this item will be included in the school’s API.

District, CBEDS date
This item is the percentage of students in the school who were counted as part of the school district enrollment on the October 2004 CBEDS data collection and who have been continuously enrolled since that date, taken from the 2005 STAR Program student answer document. This item is used in for inclusion/exclusion mobility rules. Students counted in this item will be included in the school district’s API.

Average Class Size

This item is the percentage of students in the school who were counted as part of the school enrollment on the October 2004 CBEDS data collection and who have been continuously enrolled since that date, taken from the 2004 enrollment data reported on the Professional Assignment Information Form (PAIF), which is part of the 2004 CBEDS data collection. The item "Core academic courses in departmentalized programs" reflects average class size in the following subject areas: English, foreign languages, mathematics, science, and social science.

Parent Education Level

This item is the percentage of responses in the school indicating the education level of the student’s most educated parent, taken from the 2005 STAR Program student answer document. The following categories are used:

Parent education level and free or reduced-price lunch are used to represent pupil socioeconomic status in determining subgroups and similar schools rankings.

Average Parent Education Level

This item is the average of all parent educational level responses for the school where the following scale is used:

Fully Credentialed Teachers and Teachers with Emergency Credentials

These items include the percentage of teachers in the school with full teaching credentials and the percentage of teachers in the school with emergency credentials, taken from the 2004 CBEDS data collection. It is possible for one teacher to be in both the fully credentialed and emergency credential categories; therefore, the total of the percentages for "Fully credentialed teachers" and "Teachers with emergency credentials" may exceed 100.

Enrollment in Grades 2-11 on the First Day of Testing

This item is the number of students enrolled in the school or LEA on the first day of STAR Program testing, taken from the 2005 STAR Program student answer document. For LEAs, this item includes special education students who receive services outside the school district but are assigned back to the school district of residence.

Students Exempted from STAR Testing Per Parent Written Request

This item is the number of students in the school or LEA whose parents or guardians have requested that the student be exempted from STAR Program testing, taken from the 2005 STAR Program student answer document.

Number of Students Tested

This item is the number of students in grades two through eleven in the school or LEA tested in the STAR Program, taken from the 2005 STAR Program student answer document.

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